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Driving around in over drive

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by surpip, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. surpip

    surpip 1 ton status

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    I had a discussion with my GF about driving in OD, she says its fine(dosent know a whole lott about cars but isent car dumb),
    I think it is a bad idea, as i was told it would wear out the tranny faster.
    Car in question is a 04 honda civic.
    Please only reply with facts not just"my dads uncle said its ok"
    thanks
     
  2. joez

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    My truck shifts into OD at 30mph if i let it, and its been going strong for over 200K miles. I cruise arround town in OD turning less than 1000 RPM's.

    Cars today i wouldnt worry about. They compensate to hold gears longer until better opperating temps are reached in both the engine and tranny before running in OD.
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    on the older overdrive trannys yes it was a BIG deal to not put it in overdrive in town and only use it on the highway or at substained speeds over 50 mph. on the newer trannys its not as big of a deal but i would still only use overdrive at speeds over 50mph. it never good on a tranny to constantly be shifting in and out of 4th
     
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    It shouldn't be a problem on newer cars since they are designed and tested to be run this way. The new electronic control transmissions typically do a lot better job of avoiding the "shift-hunt" condition that caused the problems for older vehicles. On my '90 K5 I always kept it in D until getting up to speed on the highway and then shifted into OD, on my '03 2500HD I just put it in gear and go........I've never noticed any hint of any shift-hunting on it.
     
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    car wont evne be in final gear(overdrive) til its evn going fast enough to make it, OD is final gear, it wont skip 2 or 3 to get to OD, it doesnt work like that, honda, chevy, ford, anything, can drive around in od range all you want in town but doesnt mean you be in od, unless youre going fast nough for it to make it to od gear


    good luck
     
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    The indicator on mine says "automatic overdrive" above the letters , but its d-3-2-1 no overdrive listed , its "automatic" . With the right gearing , just like factory combo , it can stay in D or D with the circle around it for later trucks .

    It should not kill the tranny in normal use by normal people :k5: :k5:
     
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    Cool thanks guys, I guess it all depends what school of thought you come from, if it was my car i wouldent drive around town in OD but i guess it wouldent hurt it huh?

    thanks again:D
     
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    "It should not kill the tranny in normal use by normal people"


    so this counts me out huh???:blush:
     

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